Cuney, Texas

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Cuney is a town in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 145 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 147.[3]

Cuney was the only "wet" town in Cherokee County, between the mid-1980s and 2009, then voters in Rusk came out in favor of beer/wine sales. Cuney is still the only town in the county selling liquor.

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Geography

Cuney is located at 32°2′3″N 95°25′4″W / 32.03417°N 95.41778°W / 32.03417; -95.41778 (32.034127, -95.417769)[4]. It is situated just west of the junction of U.S. Highway 175 and FM 855 in northwestern Cherokee County, approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Jacksonville and 22 miles (35 km) northwest of Rusk.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.

History

The site was first settled by freed slaves just after the Civil War. The settlement was initially known as Andy, after Andrew "Andy" Bragg, one of the area's first black homeowners. He arrived in 1870.[6] A community didn't develop until 1902, when the site became a flag stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Around 1914, Palestine cashier H.L. Price and several local investors formed a company and platted a town site. They named the town Cuney, after Price's son, Cuney Price – who in turn had been named for Norris Wright Cuney, a prominent black politician and head of the state's Republican Party.[7] A post office was established in 1917 and a number of businesses were operating in the community by the early 1920s. With the paving of U.S. Highway 175 in 1929, most of the businesses moved a mile north of the railroad to take advantage of the increased traffic. The population was estimated at 100 in 1929, but declined to only 25 by the mid-1930s. A number of businesses closed after World War II as agricultural prices decreased and residents moved to other cities with greater employment opportunities. Cuney had a population of 75 in the early 1950s. From that period, the community steadily grew, and Cuney was incorporated in November 1983.[5][7] In the 1990 census, the town had 170 residents. That number had fallen to 145 by 2000.

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